As you probably know, a motor vehicle accident can cause serious injury. The same holds true if you’re involved in a crash as a motorcyclist or bicyclist.

While some injuries are relatively simple to treat, others are much more serious. For example, a spinal cord injury can turn your life upside down. 

One of the most important things to remember is that a spinal cord injury needs to be treated in the appropriate manner without delay. It’s been proven that the time between an injury and treatment can have a big impact on the outcome and long term prognosis.

While surgery is not always required after a spinal cord injury, there are times when this is necessary: 

— When the spinal bones need to be realigned.

— To remove tissue or fluid that is pressing against the spinal cord.

— To remove bone fragments or any foreign objects.

— To place spinal braces.

— To fuse broken spinal bones.

As you can see, there is nothing minor about a spinal cord injury that requires surgery. Not only does this mean that a serious injury has occurred, but it will likely lead to a long recovery period.

If you’re involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, you need to be immediately examined by a medical professional. This is the only way to know for sure if you’ve been injured.

Since a spinal cord injury can change your life forever, you need to prepare yourself for what the future will bring. In many cases, this means learning more about your options for receiving compensation which can be used for ongoing treatment. 

Source: MedlinePlus, “Spinal cord trauma,” accessed Dec. 08, 2016